Archive for May, 2012

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful

May 24th, 2012 by Laura Longley

I was reminded today of an old TV commercial, I think it was for shampoo, where the model displays her luxurious hair and says, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” She then goes on to tell you how you can be beautiful, too, by buying whatever the product was. This afternoon I received an email…

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Why Do I Resist Showing Appreciation to Others?

May 22nd, 2012 by Laura Longley

I have been aware for quite some time that I have difficulty expressing appreciation for others unless what they have done is significantly above and beyond. On surveys I’m loathe to rate anyone (or anything) a 5 out of 5, even when there’s nothing that could be improved. I hate standing ovations. Very occasionally I…

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Trees Need Both Sunshine and Rain – and So Do I

May 21st, 2012 by Laura Longley

As I was walking in the rain this morning, I felt thankful that the rain had returned to nurture the trees and plants after more than a week of sunshine. It occurred to me that as humans, we need both sunshine and rain in our lives, too. Many of us prefer the sunny times. When…

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Thank You Backwards

May 21st, 2012 by Laura Longley

I heard a story recently of a man who would ask his children at dinner each evening how they failed that day, what they learned from the experience, and then high-five them. Sometimes the difficult times can end up being the most rewarding.

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Is the Answer No, Slow, or Go?

May 18th, 2012 by Laura Longley

Yesterday I was reminded of a saying that all prayers are answered, but the answer isn’t always “yes.” I have been reinventing myself, and my coaching practice, as I become more and more authentic. This reinvention has led to the need for a new branding for my business and a new website. I had talked…

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Being Authentic Means Feeling Emotions

May 17th, 2012 by Laura Longley

Wow. That’s all I can say: wow. I just love how the Universe tells me when I’m supposed to be focused in a certain area of my life. I also love how I receive help when I request it. A couple of days ago I had an astrological reading. It was quite amazing, and also…

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Sometimes Fear Means I’m On the Right Track

May 10th, 2012 by Laura Longley

The past six months have been a time of transformation for me personally, and this has led to transformation in my business as well. I know that something new is coming for me, but it hasn’t always been clear exactly what that is. The week after I returned from vacation I had extremely low energy…

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Telling the Truth (my Truth) Can Be Scary

May 9th, 2012 by Laura Longley

When I first started this blog a few months ago it was because I knew I needed to speak my truth. I had gotten messages in a number of ways in the months leading up to beginning to blog that let me know in no uncertain terms that this was what I needed to do.…

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Are Authenticity and Compassion Sometimes Mutually Exclusive?

May 8th, 2012 by Laura Longley

I recently took a trip with my mother. I knew that this time with my mother would be fertile ground for my continued journey towards being more authentic. What I didn’t know, but soon discovered, was that it was also an opportunity to practice being authentic with compassion. Since my late twenties I have had…

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Blockages Mean Take A Different Path

May 7th, 2012 by Laura Longley

It is amazing to me how sensitive I still am to perceived rejection or exclusion from a group.  A few months ago I began attending a local church, and recently decided to officially join. My primary reason for attending and joining a church is that I want to develop a community of friends and the…

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